The Board of Directors and Management Team at Homes for Kids in Niles recently announced its recent certification as a multi-dimensional treatment foster care Program.
MTFC is an evidence-based alternative to institutional, residential and group care placements for youths with severe and chronic criminal and mental health behavior.
Homes For Kids was one of 10 program sites in Ohio chosen by the Centers For Innovative Practice to implement the MTFC Program in 2009. To date, Homes For Kids is the only Ohio based program to meet all of the certification standards established by the Centers for Research to Practice of Eugene, Ore.
''It has been a long two year process and with the help of our skilled foster caregivers, staff, the MTFC model, and Mahoning County Children Services Board, we have been able to help over 80 percent of the children we served step down from residential placements, reunite with their families, or live in the community successfully,'' said MTFC program supervisor, Amber Stiles-Bodnar.
Homes For Kids Inc. provides this service to children and families in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties.
When compared to peers in group home or residential care, MTFC youth spend 60 percent fewer days incarcerated, run away from programs three times less often, have significantly less hard drug use, have fewer than half the number of subsequent arrests and return to live with parents or relatives more often.
For more information on the program or becoming a foster caregiver, contact Shannon Harnichar, director of foster care, at 330-544-8005.